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Small Business Article Archive


High growth SMEs - 11 July 2012

This report discusses the challenges, difficulties and the successes that Growth Oriented Entrepreneurs have in the US, European and BRICSA economies

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Access to finance for SMEs - 13 June 2012

ACCA paper recommends a consistent global agenda on SME access to finance. It calls for intergovernmental organisations to create and support a platform for sharing best practice

SME internationalisation

SME internationalisation - 01 February 2012

This report investigates both challenges and opportunities for SMEs with a particular focus on Central and Eastern Europe.

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Get paid! - 01 January 2012

ACCA, Experian, FPB and ICM have prepared a quick guide for owners and managers of small businesses trying to avoid or manage late payment.

Getting paid

Getting paid - 01 January 2012

This research explored the reasons why the potential strategic benefits of trade credit are not more routinely achieved by SMEs.


Female perspectives - 01 October 2011

This report examines how ACCA’s female members have experienced the recent global economic conditions by tracking their responses to ACCA’s confidence and recovery indices.

A digital agenda for European SMEs

A digital agenda for European SMEs - 01 September 2011

This report addresses four parts of the digital agenda: cloud computing, e-invoicing, social lending and e-commerce.

Basel III and SMEs

Basel III and SMEs - 01 July 2011

ACCA is seeking the views of stakeholders on Basel III.


Business Growth Research - 31 July 2014



SMEs and their advisors - 31 July 2014

This paper looks at the trust SMEs place in business advisers. It discusses the implications on the demand for value-added advisory services and publicly-funded businesses support.


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